Congressman Daines Misleading Montanans about Anti-Union Record
Daines Votes Against Montana Workers, Continues to Say or Do Anything to Get Elected
(Helena, MT) – Today, Henry Cellmer, president of the Southeastern Montana Building & Construction Trades Council and business manager for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 30, called out Congressman Steve Daines for misleading Montana voters about his disastrous, anti-union record in Washington.
Cellmer says that Daines has misrepresented his relationship with union workers for political gain. “Daines claims he works with unions. Union representatives have been invited to rooms where he has spoken but being in the same room does not equate to working together. ‘Working with’ people is a two-way relationship involving the discovery of mutual goals and planning action steps to achieve those goals. Daines has done no such thing. It appears these invitations were conceived to create a certain perception,” Cellmer stated.
Regardless of Daines continued dishonesty and distortions, his record is clear: Daines is no friend of Montana working families.
Congressman Daines Votes Against Montana Workers
- Daines Supports Right-to-Work Laws that Undermine Organized Labor. Daines has accepted thousands of dollars from the National Right to Work Committee that has lobbied Congress for the National Right-to-Work Act that would weaken unions across the country. [Opensecrets.org, contributions, accessed 6/05/14; lobbying, accessed 6/05/14]
- Daines Voted to Let Employers End the 40-Hour Work Week. In 2013, Daines voted for a bill that, “If passed, would give employers the power to take those wages and put them in a pot for future time off. This means employees wouldn’t get paid for all their work in a given pay period, which is bad news for families who are already living pay check to pay check.” [HR 1406, Vote #137, 5/8/13; Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, 5/07/13]
- Daines Blocked Enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Requirements. In 2013, Daines voted for an amendment that would prevent funding to enforce the Davis-Bacon Act requiring contractors performing federal work to pay the local prevailing wage. [HR 2216, Vote #191, 6/4/13]
- Daines Voted to Raise Taxes on Working Class Families by $2,000 While Giving Millionaires Tax Breaks. In 2013 and 2014, Daines voted for the Ryan Budget that would raise taxes on the working class in order to avoid increasing the deficit, while giving millionaires tax breaks: “The budget lowers the top tax rate to 25 percent for the wealthiest taxpayers, down from the current 39.6 percent, while raising taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000.” [H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13; H Con Res 96, 4/10/14; Billings Gazette, 4/10/14, New York Times, 4/01/14; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/17/13; Center for American Progress, 4/1/14]
- Daines Voted Twice to Give Tax Breaks to Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas. In 2013 and 2014, Daines voted for the Ryan Budgt that would adopt a “territorial” tax system to exempt profits that companies make overseas. Experts say such a move would prompt American firms to avoid taxes by moving operations overseas even faster than they already are. [H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13; Billings Gazette, 4/10/14; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 1/31/13; Bipartisan Policy Center, 4/1/14]
- Daines Pioneered Outsourcing, Setting Up Factories in China for a Company that Closed Its U.S. Plants & Eliminated 4,000 American Jobs. Daines worked for P&G in Mainland China setting up factories there. At the same time, P&G announced the closure of four U.S. plants and eliminated thousands of American jobs. [Missoulian, 2/27/08; Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/16/93]